The Little Epicurean

Oct 24 2014

Chicken Sausage and Spinach Calzones

Spicy Chicken Sausage and Spinach Calzone

I think after a certain age, you have to give up Hot Pockets and move on to calzones.  It’s one thing to be in your early 20s, stumbling into your kitchen after a night of drinking and cooking whatever you happen to find in the freezer.  But once you’re an adult, you don’t want to admit microwaving Hot Pockets at 2am.  Should you find yourself attending a 30th birthday party in the evening, plan ahead and have a couple of these spicy chicken sausage and spinach calzones waiting in the fridge.  Your taste buds will surely thank you.  AND you will totally impress all your inebriated friends. You’ll be voted the most responsible one in the group and everyone will think you have your life all put together (even if it’s not).

Spicy Chicken Sausage and Spinach Calzone

Making calzones is easy peasy.  It’s even easier when you gather everything from one store.  I purchased all my ingredients from Trader Joe’s.  I love their roasted garlic tomato sauce.  It’s super flavorful and almost as good as homemade.  When I don’t feel like making pizza dough from scratch, I turn to the whole wheat dough at TJ’s.  And I used their spicy Italian chicken sausage.  Since it’s already cooked, I like to brown it in a pan for more flavor.

Spicy Chicken Sausage and Spinach Calzone

This recipe calls for one pound of pizza dough and makes 4 calzones.  Should you want massive calzones, split the dough into two.  (If Alex was making this for me, that’s how he’d make it. Two super sized calzones.)  I’m a fan of small, petite portions because it saves me room for dessert.

Roll the dough into small circles about 7-inches in diameter.  Pile on all the topping on half of the circle.  Season with kosher salt and a touch of red pepper flakes.  Then fold up the other half of the circle and pinch the edges together to close the seams.

Spicy Chicken Sausage and Spinach Calzone

Sprinkle grated parmesan and additional shredded mozzarella over the formed calzones.  The more cheese, the better!

Oct 23 2014

Apple Cider Sangria

Apple Cider Sangria

For the longest time, my mom and I have talked about driving along the East Coast to experience New England’s fall foliage.  We both long to see the changing palettes of nature.  I want to see all those leaves turn from lively green to beautiful gold.  I want to see the reds, yellows, and deep

Oct 22 2014

Brown Butter Apple Cider Donuts with Cider Glaze

Brown Butter Apple Cider Donuts

I’ve hidden my running shoes long enough.  It’s time I lace them back up and start training for my next half marathon.  Not only does that mean waking up at the crack of dawn to log my miles, but sadly, it means cutting back on my beloved donuts. If I can’t have fried donuts, you

Oct 20 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake with Caramel Popcorn

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with caramel popcorn | the little epicurean

What do you do when you’ve made too much caramel popcorn?  You put it on top of a cake! Cakes are soft and mushy and deserve a little crunch. Not that I ever need a reason to make cake, but on this particular instance, I was really craving chocolate.  Since embarking on my apple recipe

Oct 16 2014

Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Sometimes the week goes by terribly, unbelievably slow and Friday can’t come soon enough.  And then there are other days that zoom by without any warning and next thing you know, wham, bam!  I’m getting emails about Thanksgiving.  What the heck?  I haven’t planned out what I’m doing for Halloween… For days when everything is happening

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